Some movies become blockbusters and others are box office bombs. We’ve taken a look at some of the movies that cost way more to make than they generated in ticket sales. These movie flops were sometimes hard to sit through.
5. John Carter
It’s one of the box office bombs that had some severe consequences for Disney. The 2012 sci-fi movie, starring Taylor Kitsch, was a major miss for the studio that usually manages to captivate and wow audiences.
As the movie cost around $307 million to make, its $284 million worldwide sales couldn’t even save it from disaster, causing Rich Ross to resign as Head of Walt Disney Studios. The movie proved that a big box office flop could be more severe than just a movie studio losing money.
4. The Lone Ranger
You wouldn’t expect a movie starring Johnny Depp to flop, but this 2013 movie couldn’t even be saved by his star power (and that was even before his public romantic woes with ex-wife, Amber Heard). The movie also scored a measly 31% on Rotten Tomatoes, but that’s not why it’s one of the box office bombs.
The movie had a staggering $250 million price tag to produce and market and only ended up racking in $175 million worldwide, meaning it lost around $75 million for Disney.
3. The 13th Warrior
Antonio Banderas isn’t known for starring in box office bombs, but rather as a movie star that has some serious ticket-sales power. However, even he can’t escape making a flop of a film at least a few times in his career.
The 1999 movie, The 13th Warrior had a relatively modest budget of $160 million compared to some of the price tags on the production and marketing of other movies. However, it still managed to come in at a loss, having only managed to generate $61.6 million in ticket sales worldwide. That means the movie didn’t even make back close to half of what it cost to make and market the movie.
2. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
This 2017, Guy Ritchie movie had the hallmarks of a blockbuster in the making.
Unfortunately, it ended up being one of the biggest box office bombs ever. It is estimated that it cost Warner Bros. $175 million to make and market the movie, which bombed at a whopping $150 million loss. To add insult to injury, the movie only scored 29% on Rotten Tomatoes.
1. 47 Ronin
Opening on Christmas Day 2013 might not have been the best idea, or perhaps it was due to its $225 million budget that this movie bombed so hard at the box office.
Whatever the reason, this movie starring Keanu Reeves did not impress movie-goers and ended up being one of the biggest box office bombs of all time, resulting in an estimated $175 million loss.
Have you watched any of the box office bombs on our list? Did you think they would do better or worse? Drop us a comment below and let us know.